Academy Council

The Bulwell Academy is one of a growing number of schools in the Creative Education Trust family. Creative Education Trust is a non-profit educational charity recognised by the Department for Education as one of the leading multi-academy chains.

The Trust Board

The CET Board is the overall governing body of the Trust and all its Academies. It is charged with the strategic direction of the Trust and is responsible to the Secretary of State for Education for executing its statutory duties. Its main functions are:

  • setting annual performance targets
  • determining all statutory and other policies
  • ensuring that curriculum requirements are met
  • setting the budget for the Trust and each academy
  • being the employer of all staff
  • being the ultimate body of appeal within the Trust
  • agreeing all major building work with the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA).

Creative Education Trust can be contacted at: 67-68 Long Acre, London, WC2E 9JD and through telephone 020 39109200. The following link also contains further information around governance, schemes of delegation and accounts: Creative Education Trust Statutory Information

Academy Council*

The Academy Council (AC) is a sub-committee of the Creative Education Trust Board of Directors. It is accountable to the Board of Directors and is its local presence. It may include representatives from such groups as the school community, the local community and other local organisations and businesses as appropriate.

The main functions of the AC are:

  • supporting CET’s plans for the school as set out in the ADIP, SEF and annual budget
  • providing understanding of the local context and the challenge that the local environment presents
  • acting as a sounding board for senior leaders, especially the Principal or Head Teacher
  • providing regular monitoring of health and safety matters, safeguarding provision, the welfare of looked after children, and provision for children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities
  • providing hearing panels for pupil behaviour matters
  • building and maintaining positive local perceptions of the school
  • building and maintaining relationships with the local and regional business community
  • building and maintaining relationships with community partners (e.g., health services, police, social services)
  • undertaking local fundraising
  • the Chair of AC assisting in the recruitment process for Head Teachers and Principals

Members of the Academy Council*

Member NameMember RoleFirst AppointedTerm StartTerm End
Chris KeenExecutive PrincipalEx-officio
Jason HowardCET Representative24 Nov 20231 Dec 202331 Aug 2026
Anna WalshGovernor24 July 20231 Sept 202331 Aug 2026
Harvey SchofieldGovernor22 Nov 20231 Dec 202331 Aug 2026
Celina AdamsGovernor22 Nov 20231 Dec 202331 Aug 2026
Reverend Bob StephensGovernor7 Dec 20231 Jan 202431 Aug 2026
Tracey SadlerClerk to the Governors

* The Academy Council is currently under development at The Bulwell Academy. The first meeting of the newly established Academy Council will take place in February 2024.The Academy is currently governed by the Academy Improvement Board, who meet regularly to ensure that the Academy acts in accordance with its ethos, values and goals. All members are appointed by Creative Education Trust.


If you have any questions about the governance of our school, please contact the Academy Council by email to the Executive Principal at the following email address:

Any written correspondence should be addressed to:

Mrs T Sadler, Clerk to the Academy Council
c/o The Bulwell Academy
Squires Avenue
Nottingham NG6 8HG

Statutory Information

All other statutory information relating to governance and finance can be viewed on the Creative Education Trust website. Click on the red button below to view:

  • Annual report
  • Annual audited accounts
  • Memorandum of association
  • Articles of association
  • Details of charity trustees and members
  • Funding agreement
  • Executive Pay – Details of employees who have a gross annual salary and benefits of £100,000 or more